Tuesday, May 29, 2007

turkey



I'm in Istanbul.
I bought a cheap ticket to that destination sometime between 1:00 and 2:00am Saturday morning.
Actual timing is unknown.
I can't actually read the formal departure time on the boarding pass. It seems a salty, fluidy eye discharge has blurred the numbers.

Have escaped for a few days.
Was looked after by four guys over the weekend on my touchdown in Turkey, and a few camels.
Thank God for the four guys.

I am sitting on a kelim rug.

Bill Bryson was right you know: One truly unbearable thing in this city is the Turkish pop music...[if] you can imagine a man having a vasectomy without anaesthetic to a background accompaniment of frantic sitar-playing, you will have some idea of what it is like.

In the meantime, it's nice to know a coffee shop in Cape Town is missing me so much they named themselves after me.

(Not really. It's called Beans On Toast in actual fact, but copyright infringements are rife on Long Street. ) Thanks Jimmy for the picture.

26 comments:

High in Dubai said...

Holy faaark Peas... What is up? I hope all is okay...

Dunno how long you'll be there - gonna be flying into Istanbul on the 7th of June... So if you still there, holler!

Jam said...

Peas dearest. You okay??
Are you levitating on the kelim?

Inyoka said...

Well, if it's something completely different you want, you've gone to the right place.

Me, I wouldn't venture anywhere near the place having once met a Turkish accountant(female) who was working temporarily in the UK and (more importantly in the current context) seen the (New? You say it's new?) car lent to her by the company.

Da Mario said...

Hey Peas... Rock on girl!

kyknoord said...

Is Turkey cold?

Revolving Credit said...

Kyk, is Peas going cold Turkey??

"It seems a salty, fluidy eye discharge has blurred the numbers"

Sounds like a case of too much Wild Turkey!!

Peas, this visit, is it a tourist thing or have you got a temp job as a drug mule??

hot pink flush said...

you're in turkey?
with no prior warning?
wtf?

Peas on Toast said...

Hi chaps

(mehhhhhh - the whining of a lone camel...)

OK, OK, I'm not really in Turkey. They wouldn't issue me with a visa at 1:00am Saturday.

I am in hiding for a bit though, had a really shitty Friday night.

But am pretending to be in Istanbul, so please help me out here by pretending also.

I love you all.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Revolving Credit said...

In that case, can I offer you some hashish with that coffee?

ChewTheCud said...

Hehehe - Anybody here watched Midnight Express? Stick to the coffee Peas. We don't wanna have to send guys out there to re-enact the "behind the glass" scene when you're in prison ;)

Ann-Mari said...

Hey peas, I've just spent 10 days (for work) in Istanbul. Be sure to have dinner at Mikla... it's amazing, and check out Reina for some clubbing.....

8ball said...

Wow, that's some impressive pretending Ann-Mari, and uncanny camel impression Peas...

Today I woke up in a wondering mood - you know I wonder how the toothpaste comes out stripey, I wonder why men have nipples, I wonder if I am going to get through today without hearing any reference to girls named after red gems....
And I got to wondering, Peas, do you think you sabotage your social life by being a blogger - I mean, either the potential new boy knows so much more about you by reading your blog, or he is intimidated by it, or he is scared off when he finds out...

Hmm, I wonder if the word dictionary is in the dictionary?

I are wearing the jean pant said...

Are they wearings the jean pant there too? It must be of the Instanbul jean pant makings with the camel toe... *wink*.

Ann-Mari said...

hey 8 ball no, i'm just the dufus that skim read so fast and was so excited to be able to contribute to Peas' stay in Istanbul that I thought she was really really reaaaaallly there.

!doh.

peas, keep tips in mind if you dovisit. it is an amazing city.

Champagne Heathen said...

Man oh man, I am stupidly jealous. Please can you pick up a pair of HOT leather pants for me. There in the markets they'll be cheap cheap. And add Rev's shopping item on for me too.

Hell, while we're pretending to escape from this reality, can you fetch me from airport tomorrow? We'll take the tea houses by storm! ESPECIALLY if I am adorned in leather pants!

Peas on Toast said...

Couldn't resist - 8ball:

I just blow the bejeezuz out of him, and all is forgiven.
New boy??

Interesting.

Anonymous said...

what the fuck? istanbul? weird man...

Peas on Toast said...

Yeah. You should see it here.

Almost as weird as Canada.

8ball said...

:) Fair enough.
Must admit I'd forgive most if I got the Bejeezuz blown out of me..

potential new boy...merely a turn of phrase

hope you're feeling better

Anonymous said...

Hey peas...did you know u on page33 of this months cosmo?
Thats why I decided to check out your blog..
Congrats girl! U famous!

Peas on Toast said...

I am?? Seriaaas?

*blushes, and orders Cosmo SA from Istanbul hotel room*

gypsy said...

would luv to escape to turkey even with the blurred salty eye thingy

Anonymous said...

They have a Purple Turle in Long Street in Istanbul too? Weird..

Peas on Toast said...

Anon (the last one)
No you, sorry, but...dumb idiot.
If you'd read this you'd find I made mention of Long Street Cape Town.

Have another drink.

Anonymous said...

Haha. Dont have to get all defensive luvvie.. why dont -YOU- have another drink.. on board your flight from Heathrow mkay.. *mwah*

Peas on Toast said...

I most certainly will, thanks Anon.
:)